Re-Watch: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Only Lovers Left Alive
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, Slimane Dazi
[Here’s my first review.]

Plot:
Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) have been a couple since about forever. And since they’re vampires that really is a long time. But recently they lived seperately – Adam in Detroit and Eve in Tangier. Adam is struggling with depression, so Eve comes to join him in Detroit. Their happy bubble is burst, though, when Eve’s volatile sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) comes to visit as well.

I don’t know when the last time was that I saw a movie in the cinema twice. But Only Lovers Left Alive had to be watched again, now it got its regular release here and so I did. And it was still brilliant.

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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Only Lovers Left Alive
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, Slimane Dazi
Part of: surprise movie of this year’s Viennale

Plot:
Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) have been a couple since about forever. And since they’re vampires that really is a long time. But recently they lived seperately – Adam in Detroit and Eve in Tangier. Adam is struggling with depression, so Eve comes to join him in Detroit. Their happy bubble is burst, though, when Eve’s volatile sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) comes to visit as well.

I’ve been looking forward to this movie ever since the words “Tilda Swinton Tom Hiddleston Jim Jarmusch Vampires” were mentioned together, so I was absolutely ecstatic when the opening credits at the surprise screening started rolling and I identified the film. And I’m happy to say that it fulfilled all my expectations and more.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Writer: Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear
Based on: Lionel Shriver’s novel
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Rock Duer, Ashley Gerasimovich

Plot:
Two years after her son Kevin (Ezra Miller) shot 9 people in his school, Eva (Tilda Swinton) is slowly coming to terms with what happened then and the part she might have played in this shooting. Slowly she unrolls her entire life with Kevin and the mounting tension with her husband Franklin (John C. Reilly) as Eva grows more and more suspicious of Kevin, even as a toddler.

Since I loved the book as much as I did, the movie had its work cut out for itself. Fortunately, Lynne Ramsay is really up to the task and has made not only a great adaptation, but also a wonderful film.

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom
Director: Wes Anders0n
Writer: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Cast: Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban

Plot:
A small island in New England. Suzy (Kara Hayward) lives with her family and spends most of her time looking through binoculars, while Sam (Jared Gilman) is a khaki scout currently at Camp Lebanon. The two of them are very much in love, so they decided to run away together. When Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) notices the absence of his charge, he informs Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) and soon the entire island is involved in the search for the two kids.

Since I didn’t like Fantastic Mr. Fox that much, I was a bit worried about Moonrise Kingdom. But my worries were for nothing – I really, really, really loved this film. It was sweet and fun and amusing. Plus, it had a wonderful cast. Perfect.

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Io sono l’amore [I Am Love] (2009)

Io sono l’amore is Luca Guadagnino‘s newest film, starring Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti and Edoardo Gabbriellini.

Plot:
Emma (Tilda Swinton) is the wife of upper class business man Tancredi (Pippo Delbono). A Russian emigrant herself, she’s not only literally but also figuratively exiles, though she seemingly has everything – money, three kids, a good life. But when she meets her son Edoardo’s (Flavio Parenti) friend Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini) they connect and soon Emma finds herself in an affair that shakes not only her existence.

Io sono l’amore has an excellent cast and some things were very nicely done, but I just didn’t like Guadagnino’s directing style (which is too symbolic for its own good), nor did I like the ending (which is just a little ridiculous).

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third Narnia movie based on the books by C. S. Lewis [here’y my review of Prince Caspian, and here of the books]. It was directed by Michael Apted and stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Simon Pegg, Liam Neeson and Tilda Swinton.

Plot:
Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) return to Narnia with their annoying cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) by way of a painting of an ocean that suddenly comes to life. Luckily, Caspian (Ben Barnes) pulls them out of the water and together they search for seven missing knights, soon discovering a much bigger threat.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is wonderful to look at, though the 3D wasn’t necessary. Unfortunately, it’s the first time in the movies that – as in the books –  the religion completely takes over and ruins the whole thing.

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Female Perversions (1996)

Female Perversions is the first movie by Susan Streitfeld based on the book by Louise J. Kaplan, starring Tilda Swinton and Amy Madigan.

Plot:
Eve (Tilda Swinton) is a lawyer who is intelligent and successful but seemingly gets all her confidence and self-esteem from being seen as beautiful. She has an affair with a man, but also with a woman. At the same time, she tries desperately to impress her father who seems to loom over everything.
When her sister Maddie (Amy Madigan) is caught shoplifting, Eve leaves her life behind for a while to help her out, which leads to conflicts and confrontations.

Female Perversions is based on a psychoanalytical book of women sutdies [and yes, I mean women studies and not gender studies]. It’s a little heavy-handed sometimes. But they still managed to make a stringent, interesting story that touches on many issues in women studies. It’s definitely not without issues and the theory behind it seems dated, but it’s still very watchable if you’re interested in the field.

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Orlando (1992)

Orlando is a movie by Sally Potter based on Virginia Woolf‘s book of the same name, starring Tilda Swinton, Quentin Crisp and Billy Zane.

Plot:
Orlando (Virginia Woolf) is a young man during the reign of Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp). When he vows never to grow old, he doesn’t. The movie follows his life and affairs, first with the Queen, then with the Russian Princess Sasha (Charlotte Valandrey). After Sasha returns to Russia, Orlando leads his life pretty love-less and soon ennui sets in. Then one night, he falls asleep and can not be woken for quite a period of time. Finally he wakes up and finds himself metamorphosed into a woman’s body. And that’s when his trouble really starts.

I admit that I have never read anything by Virginia Woolf, so I can’t compare the movie and the book (yet, at least). But I really enjoyed the movie. It was funny, interesting and beautifully shot. And it has really awesome costumes and a great set design.

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The Deep End (2001)

The Deep End is a movie by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, starring Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic and Jonathan Tucker.

Plot:
Margaret Hall (Tilda Swinton) is worried: her son Beau (Jonathan Tucker) has an affair with night club owner Darby Reese (Josh Lucas). Not willing to discuss his sexuality with her son, Margaret rather goes to Darby and tells him to stay away. But Darby goes to Beau anyway and the two guys get into a fight. After Beau leaves, Darby stumbles and dies. The next morning, Margaret finds his body, assumes that Beau has killed Darby and decides to cover it all up. But things are far from over: Alek (Goran Visnjic) turns up and tells Margaret that he has evidence of the affair between Darby and Beau and he tries to extort her with that knowledge.

The Deep End is a thriller, noir style. That’s not really the kind of thing I usually like. But even if it was, it still would only be an average film with a mixed cast, some logical fallacies and problems with the pacing. If you like thrillers, I guess you could do worse, but it’s not a must-see.

[Minor Spoilers]

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Man to Man (1992)

Man to Man is a one-woman play by Manfred Karge and was filmed by John Maybury, starring Tilda Swinton.

Plot:
Shortly before the WW II, Ella Gericke (Tilda Swinton) takes on the identity of her husband Max after his death to work instead of him in the factory. She continues to be Max until she herself doesn’t even know who she is anymore.
The story is told from her point of view as an old woman.

Ugh. People, this movie is equally really boring and really annoying and very, very trying. Honestly, though Tilda Swinton gives it her best, listening to an hour long rant that’s not broken up by anything, no other person, no visual relief, nothing is not something I can recommend.

[Poster of the theatre production, not the movie.]

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